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POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Poetry, Bollywood Music, Partition, Gulzar

The Anger of Gulzar: Unlike his softly musing romantic poetry, Gulzar sahab's political verse is hard-hitting and edgy

On his birthday, a look at the poet extraordinaire's writing on communal violence, corruption, unemployment. The tone and words here are different from Gulzar's beautiful romantic verse.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Protest, Poetry, TMC, Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee’s poetic protest: The West Bengal CM has chosen rhyme over shouting

This week, she penned one on Centre’s intrusion in to private life — Unki (Peep) Online.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Plagiarism, Poetry, Music, Bollywood

Tribute, inspiration, and theft: The curious case of Bollywood song lyrics

Filmy music often ‘borrows’ heavily from Urdu and Hindi classics, and folk music.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Poetry, Love songs, New Delhi

5 New Delhi love songs: Why Dilli inspires me to write poetry

Where else in the world do smoke and dust distort the setting sun in such interesting ways?

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Literature, Poetry

Why India needs a poetry library for posterity

A home for the best Indian verse.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |  14-minute read
Syrian refugee crisis, Poetry, Raul Zurita

A meeting with the Chilean poet Raul Zurita, who said disease felt beautiful to him

I wrote this letter for him, but never sent it.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Poetry, Full Disclosure, Manohar Shetty

Manohar Shetty on why writing poems is a way to say you're not alone in this world

'Full Disclosure', an anthology of old and new poems, is published by Speaking Tiger.

ART & CULTURE

 |  14-minute read
Nazism, Available Light, Poetry, CP Surendran

Ranjit Hoskote on why poet CP Surendran is 'a suture for a sacred wound'

[Book extract] He bears witness to derelict polyphonies of affect, animates them into a condition of sayability, steering them towards what must be written.

ART & CULTURE

 |  1-minute read
Rudyard kipling, Sexism, Masculinity, Poetry

If: A poem on learning to be a man

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's 'If'.

ART & CULTURE

 |  9-minute read
India, Brazil, Literature, Cecilia Meireles

In memory of Cecilia Meireles - the poet who came to India and fell in love with it

'When my love for India reached a peak, strange things happened to me... It was ecstasy.'